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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Nov 10, 2009 5:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: winterland 73

The boys are in rare form for the 73 Winterland run--especially Jerry. Even his comping behind Bob on songs like Me and Bobby McGee and El Paso is inspired. And the sound is just amazing.

I wouldn't go as far as Cliff in condemning the 77 Winterland box, but the sound isn't as good as 73 and the playing is more uneven. Morning Dew, Candyman, Sugaree, Eyes of the World, Slipknot into Franklin's Tower, Friend of the Devil, the Estimated Prophets, Ramble on Rose, and the second half of Scarlet into Fire, are all excellent.

But equipment problems and possibly fatigue at the end of the Spring tour keep them from sustaining the high level throughout. For example, after a fine Estimated > Eyes, the rest of the second set (on disc 6) is just okay.

Sorry--we were talking about 73, weren't we?

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Nov 10, 2009 7:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: winterland 73

Youre too kind Lou!

The '73 Winterland box is superb, certainly among the finest products GDP/Rhino have released, second only to the incredible ten disc Fillmore boxed set. The '77 Winterland box is unlistenable :)

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Poster: csaw44 Date: Nov 10, 2009 11:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: winterland 73

i think the fillmore box is more used by me, but i think i couldn't live without either. 1977??? what's that??? ;)

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Nov 10, 2009 7:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: winterland 73

De gustibus non est disputandum.

But I never fail to be entertained by the unquestioning strength of your opinions, Cliff. Someday I should get around to defending 1976 against your withering criticism. In the meantime, I'll just say: Crazy Fingers, Slipknot, Scarlet Begonias, Eyes of the World.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Nov 10, 2009 8:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: winterland 73

lux et veritas

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Nov 10, 2009 8:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: winterland 73

The 73 set is pretty strong ! I wish they might have slipped in one of "those" Other Ones", in the run, but from here through December ! Good Golly Miss Molly !!!
I think your point about fatigue makes sense . I saw them the show before , at the Forum in LA , and the AUD tape shows a pretty strong show (no SBD damn!),
Something from he spring tour would be a better comparison to the 73 Winterland set, the bonus disc from 5/12/77 seems to show this to me . Like a lot of you folks , 72-74 (the JAM period !) is the tops for me , but the Mickey+Keith & Donna period is strong in other ways . Glad to have both sets, but the 73 set is definitely the better of the the two .